COVID-19 in U.S.

Added On July 13, 2020

U.S. COVID-19 cases surpass 3 mln -- Johns Hopkins University FLORIDA SMASHES STATE RECORD OF DAILY NEW CASES Sunday's number exceeds New York's peak of more than 12,200 new cases in one day back in April, when the state was the epicenter of the outbreak. According to the Florida Department of Health, the surge brought the total number of cases in the Sunshine State to more than 269,800, with the death toll topping 4,300. The recent surge was the result of increased testing and widespread transmission as the state prematurely loosened lockdown measures, as a result of which people were seen gathering in crowds, no longer heeding anti-virus guidelines such as maintaining social distance or wearing face coverings. As for the positivity rate, another key parameter, the number ranged from about 12 percent to 18 percent during the past two weeks, indicating that the virus is far from being brought under control. TRUMP SEEN WEARING A MASK IN PUBLIC FOR FIRST TIME U.S. President Donald Trump was seen wearing a mask while visiting a military hospital near Washington, D.C., on Saturday, the first time he did so on camera since the coronavirus pandemic broke out in the country. Trump had been refusing to wear a mask himself since the pandemic broke out, citing his good health and frequent negative tests for the virus. Trump wore a mask behind the scene in late May during a visit to a Ford factory in Michigan. U.S. COVID-19 cases surpass 2.7 mln: Johns Hopkins University REPORT: FAUCI SIDELINED BY WHITE HOUSE Meanwhile, reports said U.S. top infectious diseases expert Anthony Fauci has been sidelined by the White House. Citing a senior White House official who spoke on the condition of anonymity, the Washington Post reported on Sunday that Fauci had not spoken to Trump since "the first week of June." Since COVID-19 broke out in the United States, the Trump administration and especially the president himself have had strained relations with the scientist over the country's coronavirus policy. In his public rebukes of Trump last week, Fauci warned against a "false narrative" of a falling COVID-19-related death rate. He also said that U.S. states hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic should not be moving forward with reopening.